HE WAS BEING CAREFULLY WATCHED: This was the real
reason for the invitation! The wicked who watch to catch the righteous: Psa
37:32; Isa 29:20,21.
IN FRONT OF: "Emprosthen" = lit "in his eye",
positioned so as not to be overlooked.
DROPSY: Early name for edema, collection of water in
IS IT LAWFUL?: This was a "new thing" in the earth: the
Law made no provisions for healing whatsoever.
AND SENT HIM AWAY: To save him for these
Four occasions in Luke where there is conflict about Jesus
performing miracles, etc on the Sabbath: Luke 6:2,9; 13:14; 14:3.
FALLS INTO A WELL: Thus running the risk of drowning,
just as a person with dropsy (v 2). Cp 1Co 9:9,10: is God concerned with oxen
THE GUESTS PICKED THE PLACES OF HONOR AT THE TABLE:
"They love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the
synagogues" (Mat 23:6).
// Pro 25:6,7.
See Luk 11:43; 18:14; 20:46; 2Ch 7:14,15; Pro 3:34; 25:6,7;
Mat 18:4; 23:12; Jam 4:10; 1Pe 5:6.
Advice for preaching the gospel.
RESURRECTION OF THE RIGHTEOUS: Resurrection in the
absolute, or completed, sense: 1Co 15:21,42,52; Phi 3:11; Mat 22:30.
Vv 16-24: The parable of "excuses": prosperity (v 18), work (v
19), and pleasure (v 20). (Gideon had to rid his army of the faint-hearted
also!) "The principle of the parable still stands. Today men still 'ask off',
pleading the claims of another field (ct Mat 13:44), another yoke (Mat 11:29),
or another betrothal (ct 2Co 11:2)" (WGos 481).
THEY ALL ALIKE BEGAN TO MAKE EXCUSES: They seemed to
have agreed together to stay away.
I MUST GO AND SEE IT: At supper time? A trivial,
"We are all aware that the time is coming for the marriage
feast of the Lamb. Are we so enthralled in our daily lives that we will be ones
who put off attending? Yes, this life is always accelerating and we can easily
be swept up in the tide, but we do not have to be. We really do have a choice
where our focus is. We do make that choice every day. We can be Christ's slave
now. We can make him master of our lives today. Then maybe we can be the ones to
spread the glorious announcement that the feast is ready. We can be the ones to
grab others like us who are poor, crippled, blind, and lame, and those who live
in the highways and byways and compel them to the come. Let us be 'poor and
crippled' to the riches of this life, but 'rich' in the love of our master
today! The choice is ours now... not later" (CPv).
I JUST GOT MARRIED, SO I CAN'T COME: Treating the
invitation as if it were conscription (Deu 24:5-7).
ANGRY: "Orgizo" -- a slow, deliberate
POOR: Those with no money to buy land (v 18).
CRIPPLED... BLIND: Those who could not work (v
LAME: Those who could not marry (v 20)?
"Go even to the Gentiles" (cp Act 13:46).
NOT ONE OF THOSE MEN...: Words appropriate to the
generation that perished in the wilderness: Deu 1:35.
Jesus turned to: to the following multitude (Luk 14:25), the
backsliding disciple (Luk 22:61), the impulsive disciple (Mat 16:23), and the
trembling believer (Mar 5:30).
HATE: See Mat 10:37; Luk 16:13. A Heb idiom (Hos 6:6n;
cp Gen 29:30,31).
We should always give up worldly honors, for which we will be
hated: Mat 10:22. Many have abandoned Christ as their first love, to serve a
national patriotism, for example.
CARRY HIS CROSS AND FOLLOW ME: Fruit-bearers abiding IN
Christ (Joh 15:5); witness-bearers speaking FOR Christ (Act 1:8); cross-bearers
following AFTER Christ (Luk 14:27); burden-bearers being LIKE Christ (Gal
BEGAN TO BUILD AND WAS NOT ABLE TO FINISH: In ct to
God's great work: Heb 4:3; 12:2; Joh 19:30.
ABOUT TO GO TO WAR: "Sunballo" = talk with, ie about
war; a war council.
Ct Josiah in 2Ki 23:29.
ANY OF YOU WHO DOES NOT GIVE UP EVERYTHING HE HAS CANNOT BE
MY DISCIPLE: "The eternal reward we claim to treasure so highly and seek so
devotedly is perfection, spirituality, holiness, freedom from all the motions
and lusts of the flesh, closeness to God, total godliness in thought and action.
How badly do we really want this condition, and what are we really willing to
give up to get it? If we are not willing to sacrifice everything else, and drop
everything else in this life to strive for perfection in these divine things,
then we reveal that our professed devotion to them and desire for them is
shallow and weak. We really want the pleasure of this life and the flesh -- and
then God later, when this life is over, and the flesh is worn out and has lost
its excitement and appeal. Giving up what we have ceased to enjoy is no
sacrifice. God wants our best now, not our dregs" (GVG).
"There are only two ways to be: only two sides to take --
God's side and the flesh's side. We have got to be all the way over on God's
side in everything. We cannot mix it. We cannot have half-and-half. Salvation
depends on total choice of God's side of every decision, every issue, every
choice, every activity. Face it: it's for your life" (GVG).
HOW CAN IT BE MADE SALTY AGAIN?: Or, "How shall it [ie
the sacrifice] be seasoned?"
Insipid salt would corrupt good soil; fit only for the manure